On a very cold night under lights at Lappo Oval a massive day of Rugby ended with the firsts missing a big chance of almost putting themselves in a box seat for a semi final berth when they were beaten by Petersham 32-27.The Mountain Men had everything in their favour with the early dismissal of the shamies prop,but the incident seemed to inspire the opposition and they fought on gamely,however,right or wrong the man in the middle gave us a terrible caning and this certainly helped the visitors cause.We played some great Rugby,with plenty of intensity and passion,but lapses in defence at crucial times were to prove fatal.Nick O Gorman was a power of strength in the tight stuff and proved he is going be dangerous when he is fit,and of course Steve Lenocis red hot form continued unabated.The boys are still 7 points clear of 4th spot,and now have to win the games they should starting with Knox saturday,and hope that hot shots Drummoyne and Mosman do the right thing by us.
BM 27 ( G Kondek N OGorman A Vulavou E Balevivalu tries D Kroll 2c 1p)
B&F 3 N O Gorman 2 S Lenoci 1 G Ftygogiannis PP Nick/Steve
Seconds paid the price for poor discipline in a big way when they were beaten 15-10 by Petersham in a result that drops them out of the top four again.It is probably not unfair to say that we were probably the better team on the day,but in amongst the good Rugby played there was some silly mistakes and little things that just didnt go our way giving the shammies enough advantage to go on and record a crucial win.Without a doubt Harry Kirkwood was the best footballer on the paddock and once again him and Brad Kenny were a lethal combination out wide while skipper JD turned in a solid effort up front.
BM (M Mapuilesua try J Richey con/pen)
B&F 3 H Kirkwood 2 B Kenny J Daniels PP Harry Kirkwood
Colts won on forfiet
Thirds threw last weeks form out the window recording a solid 15-6 win over the visitors.Gone were the one outs and white line fever from last week from this side as they combined no frills Rugby with solid teamwork to wear down their opponents and record an impressive victory.Lethal Leigh Murphy at number 8 was sensational in all aspects of play,and Will Healey just oozed class in everything he did,while Afro hammered them all day.
BM 15( D Thompson C McNichol tries J Wick con/pen)
B&F 3 L Murphy 2 A Afolau 1 Will PP Will Healey
Fourths showed a big improvement from recent weeks with a 26-26 draw with second placed Petersham.Mistakes early gave the opposition an easy try,but once the blueys forwards got going it was game on for the entire match,with our backs really looking dangerous.Star of the game for us was fly half Jonathon Antonio who played some outstanding Rugby and run amok out wide,while James Brown and Dave Sefo also put in solid showings.
BM 26 ( A Key J Antonio T Wiseby D Sefo tries D Sefo 3 pens)
PP 3 J Antonio 2 J Brown 1 D Sefo/J Green PP Jonathon Antonio
Fifths came so close to their first win of the season when Petersham kicked a late goal to sneak home 19-17.Great to see Glenn Parkin and son Joe pull on a blueys jersey in a game in which we started with livewire hooker Adam Caruana scoring,then Pat Cromie smashed his way onto a Jacko Turner pass to score as well,with Petersham replying just before the break.The seond half saw the refs whistle come out of his pocket and the game changed,still Derek slotted over a penalty to give the boys a 10 point break,but poor discipline and a glut of possession to the opposition allowed them storm home and finish in front.Dayne Nicholls as usual gave 110% and was by far the best footy player on the paddock and worthy winner of man of the match honours.
BM 17(A Caruana P Cromie tries D pointos 2 cons/pen
B&F 3 D Nicholls 2 T Pese 1 V Bishop PP D Nicholls
Of course between thirds and seconds the old boys played a sensational exhibition game..match report to come